Hey all, Nick here again.

No update, not officially, but I just wanted to blog a bit about the state of the show and what's going on in my life right now.

First off, we got to talk about how awesome the show is doing right now. To this day it still blows my mind that the show is doing as well as it is. We are coming up on our 1 year anniversary (July 8th) and I cannot comprehend how far this show has come:

  • 295.8k Downloads in TOTAL!

  • Over 26k followers on Spotify!

  • 200 followers on Twitter and YouTube

  • 15 Episodes of awesome FNaF content!

  • We even got advertisement opportunities on the show.

Advertising on the show has always been somewhat of a strange thing to me, odd considering I majored in it, but I think it's because of how it originated that I find just an odd sense of duplicity coming from it. As I have said previously, the show had originated from my having to complete a school project, but that wasn't the only reason. Whether you go on Spotify, Amazon, Apple, or even YouTube, FNaF doesn't have a foothold in the podcast world.

Ok, there do exist podcasts for it, but there exist none that I can listen to or enjoy while I'm relaxing or working. I'm 22 years old and I have standards, I have an idea of what I want and what I wish to listen to. And if there was just a podcast discussing theories, stories, characters, fun games, etc. I would've been content. But there was nothing like that anywhere I looked.

That was really where the main idea truly came from. There were other reasons; I considered the benefits it would have on newcomers, how I could create a show that highlights the amazing quality of FNaF's story, and I could create something that would make people happy. The college project was just a Kickstarter that got me to do it.

I guess that's why it feels so odd to work with advertisers on the show, despite my major. It's something I created not just for the fun of doing it, but because I wanted to create a show that I would enjoy listening to. Monetization on anything you love to consume can seem nefarious at first glance, I guess.

New IRL Job

Speaking of money, I finally got a job now! I'm working at a plasma facility, working in a market and research position. Oddly enough I'm also being trained to work in the front, which isn't something I'm very keen on doing. Not that I don't have respect for the people working there, but it wasn't the type of work I wanted to do. That said, every opportunity is an opportunity to learn, especially when it comes to first jobs.

Reflecting on Myself

Sounds odd, but entering into this new stage of my life, I'm nervous, but not about being successful. It's about being happy. I've listened to Professor Jordan Peterson on happiness, and he says to achieve it one can't have happiness as the goal. Things such as your career, family, and values have to be in order to achieve such a feat. Scott Adams in his book "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" explained something similar when it comes to life. Goals are not what you want to have, instead, systems are the ways to go.

Successful people have systems, and successful people are usually happy.

But what is my system, if I'm not supposed to have a goal. Truthfully, I don't know what my goal in life is, and now I learn that having one can be a detriment to even achieving it? I know part of it is going through life and adapting, I'm on a stage of life where I'm trying to find myself, but it is still scary and still nerve-wracking at every moment.

Sometimes, I even consider what life would've been like 200 years ago and consider how selfish that mindset is when considering that my concern is being happy when people (even today) were worried about survival. But is that a healthy mindset to have, comparing my life to another? For example, comparing where I live (USA) to other parts of the world. Yes, I am blessed to live here but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be considerate of its problems and rationalize a way to fix them. But it does put my rationalization into perspective, and it does allow me to consider if that perspective is the correct one to have when trying to construct a solution.

A big problem facing the majority of people today is their perspective, and I'm not the first one to say nor will I be the last to say it. We all live in echo chambers. This is why despite the fear that I'm going to absolutely hate this new job of mine, I'm still going to do it. I want to do it to see if I can learn, to see if my mind will expand, and to see if new opportunities arise. I'll be looking for another job in the backlog (you should always be on the lookout for a better-paying and more appreciative employer) but I want to make the most of it. It's worked well on this podcast the last few months, and this is probably one of my proudest accomplishments.

Ideation Creation

Speaking of the show, I was brainstorming the other day on potential ideas to make some more content for you all. I'm already kind of doing one right now, that being to blog on here. But I also considered it would be kind of cool to do some smaller stuff on here, some exclusive stuff for the members.

Maybe I can review the Fazbear Frights books on here. I'll probably discuss them on the show, in my usual way of weaving it like an immersive ASMR audiobook. But sort of a small discussion podcast that is more down-to-earth and less dramatic, something chill and fun you know. I don't know, just an idea.

I also considered the potential for merch, I would absolutely love to have the chance to have Brad work on something for me again. A poster of Endo-03 would be amazing, and I would love to have it on my wall, but I don't know the first thing about merchandizing. Probably to early to do it too, but if I keep it small I could probably get something done.

What do you all think? Let me know in the comments below!

Anyway, that's all I got. Thank you all for reading, and have a good night!

Nick Black

Podcast Host